Green festival is a crowd pleaser

THOUSANDS of people descended on North Suffolk for a green festival which featured solar powered music.Organsiers form the Waveney Greenpeace group hailed the 15th annual Greenpeace Fair at Hulver Farm, St Michael South Elmham, as the best ever.

THOUSANDS of people descended on North Suffolk for a green festival which featured solar powered music.

Organsiers form the Waveney Greenpeace group hailed the 15th annual Greenpeace Fair at Hulver Farm, St Michael South Elmham, as the best ever.

Organic and local food and drink, children's activities, clothes, and crafts were some of the added attractions laid on by various green groups at the event.

Two buses from Halesworth Area Community Transport were busy transporting people from Halesworth train station to the event and representatives from the Greenpeace head office helped organise the car parking.


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Organiser and co-ordinator of Waveney Green Party, Graham Elliot, said: "This year's has been the busiest and the driest so far. It's got a really good atmosphere and I think it's just fantastic.

"There is such a good range of music and we have had to put on two buses this year for people arriving by train from all over East Anglia."

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Entertainments and music organiser Anthony Abbott said: "Every year we've managed to iron out mistakes and problems. This fair is just one of the few uncommercial events that has survived from the fairs that used to take place in the 1970s and it works because we don't charge to much for people to come and watch lots of different bands which come back year after year."

It was the first year the fair had a full array of children's workshops such as circus skills, willow sculpture making, face painting, clay making, totem pole making, balloon modelling, hair braiding, henna tattoos and guided meditation sessions organised by local Woodcraft Folk groups.

The national youth organisation was set up in the 1920s to promote cooperation, sharing, friendship and peace and Suzanne Arnold, leader of the Waveney Valley group, was delighted by the turnout at the fair.

She said: "We've had well over a 1,000 children participating throughout the day and it's been really successful."

Proceeds from the fair, which raised over £6,000 last year, will go to Greenpeace.

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